I didn't realize exactly how much stuff I bought on my trip until I started photographing everything. The important thing is...I didn't go over my weight allowance for luggage, thank goodness. There was a moment when the scale started fluctuating that I thought we might have to pay. These pictures don't even show everything I purchased. I may have to resort to uploading pictures to Flickr.
As I said earlier, Lizzie doesn't like to shop. She's definitely not a browser and neither is Javier. I, on the other hand, am most definitely a browser. I like to take my time and consider my purchases. I enjoy window shopping, so frequently I don't even buy anything, which really frustrates them both. So one afternoon, we parted ways--Javier & Lizzie to a movie and the games arcade, me to any number of boutiques and stores.
My undoing was the Japanese bookstore, Kunokuniya. I was so excited I thought I was going to throw up. This is not an exaggeration. I went in and stopped at the display of craft books. I thought, okay I'll pick out one or two, no problem. Then I discovered the whole craft book SECTION. It almost blew my mind.
Daiso was another of my favourite places. I love, love, love regular dollar stores. I could spend hours in my local Dollar Giant imagining what I could do with all sorts of stuff. This place was incredible. I bought paper clips and scissors and fun little packages of kleenix. I keep stocking up on stationery supplies, which is great, though Javier just reminded me that I only have 2 more semesters of school so maybe I don't need it all. Nah, I definitely need everything.
What will I do with 7 pairs of chopsticks? I see lots of Asian cuisine in our future.
There was no way I was leaving without one of these cute little bento lunchboxes. Actually, I bought two!
I've been looking for a cookie jar for ages. I found this owl in Urban Outfitters. I hated the idea of bringing back something so fragile, but he was desperate to come home with me. How could I deny the little guy? Although he's becoming quite demanding about homemade cookies!
I also added to my growing collection of monuments. So far I have two Eiffel Towers and now a wee Space Needle.
I had so much fun and I didn't spend, er, that much money. And everything was completely necessary, right? I also stopped at the yarn store and the fabric store for some supplies. There are lots more small things that I just had to get you know and I haven't posted here, plus many more stores I wanted to visit. Oh well, I'll just have to go back again.
For the time being I have enough books to give me inspiration for years, so I'm putting my self on a book/magazine diet, which should make Javier quite happy. We'll see how long that lasts!